WHAT I DO
I have two quotes that have stuck with me, and have become my reason for being a photographer.
1 - "Watch out for that signal, when life as you know it ends." From the underrated chick-flick P.S I Love You (yeah, it's cheesy to quote a chick flick but bear with me...)
There are moments within your lifetime, that change life as you know it. It could be when you move to a new town, when you meet the love of your life, when you find out you're having a baby etc. Not all of these signals are shining bright red lights, but they are nonetheless decisive moments in your life. Which brings me to quote #2...
2 - "Il n'y a rien dans ce monde qui n'ait un moment decisif" or "There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment.”
Though originally said by Cardinal de Rez, I discovered this in the preface of "The Decisive Moment" written by the man who fueled my love for photojournalism in college, Henri Cartier-Bresson.
I am a photographer so that I can capture the decisive moments, and not just any decisive moments, YOURS. Whether you're graduating high school or college, celebrating an anniversary, having a baby, going to a protest to fight for rights or starting your dream job. These are all decisive moments that signal your life is changing, and let me tell you these moments beg to be captured. And I want to be there to capture them for you!
Social media has given people a bad rep for over sharing our lives, but whether or not you intend to share these moments with the world on Instagram, they deserve to be documented. You can live in the moment, and leave the documenting up to me!
WHO I AM
I am 25 years old & married to my best friend, and the best pack mule, Zachary Walton! We are pretty much attached at the hip, so you'll likely see him sporting my second camera at shoots. We welcomed our daughter Stevie to the world in April, and she's honestly my favorite subject (but you could be a close second).
Together we like going on "walk and talks", watching movies (preferably at Harkins because their popcorn IS the best popcorn), and trying to get Stevie to laugh.
I studied journalism at the University of Arizona, where I spent years at the Daily Wildcat covering everything from the 2016 Bernie Sanders Rally in Tucson, to our basketball team schooling other Pac-12 teams. Journalism taught & trained to do an assignment well & to do it on deadline. Although I make my own deadlines these days, I always make sure to get photos returned as quickly as possible without compromising quality.
My life goal is to visit every national park (not in a year because my schedule is not as flexible as it was in college... and neither is my budget) in the United States. I've already crossed off: Saguaro, Grand Canyon, Smoky Mountains, Pinnacles, Channel Islands, Shanandoah, Arches, Canyonlands, Petrified Forest, Joshua Tree, Glacier, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon & Zion. Please take me to more!
I am a dual citizen of the US & Canada! I was born in New Mexico, but moved to Calgary, Alberta when I was 2, and have lived in Arizona since I was 9. I am happy to say Mesa is now my home!